It is never good to report news on a security guard acting against the law, and at the very least completely outside the scope of their security training, however this is what has happened here.
A Birmingham security guard who earlier this year beat up a canteen manager has avoided being put in jail.
Maybe this particular security guard should not have been working in a security job at the time, (mitigating circumstances declare he was suffering with a depressive illness at the time of the attack).
Majid Hussain, the security guard that carried out the attack, pleaded guilty at Warwick Crown Court today. He has been sentenced to six months in prison, but this has been suspended for 12 months, with 12 months supervision.
Hussain was also ordered to complete an anger management workbook and to pay £750 compensation to the victim as well as £1,090 legal costs.
Hussain worked as a security guard based in the office above the canteen. He had held the security job for a number of years and knew the victim.
On January 17 2014 he went in for some food where the manager was working. After a series of antagonistic actions from Hussain, CCTV captures him punching the manager twice in the fact and knocking him to the floor.
Then, while Mr Winter was on the floor, just out of range of the camera, Hussain “kicked and stamped on him to the head,” before turning away and walking out.
The judge took considered the fact that Hussain was ill at the time, and a psychological report formed part of the defence.
What does this all mean for the employment of security guards however. A security officer has a job of responsibility and to uphold the law during their employment – A security guard is meant to protect people and property.
A rogue security guard with a psychological illness should not be at work as a security guard at all. Should periodic testing be given to security guards that show signs of ill health of this sort?
Can security officer training incorporate this into the curriculum. While we do not know the full details of this particular incident, being a security guard can be a lonely profession if you are sole guard in charge of a premises. Is there anyway that a security guard that needs help should be given information on how to go about getting it?
Serious questions indeed.
For obvious reasons Mr Hussain is now unemployed and can no longer work in the security industry. If the help had been there earlier, maybe none of this would have happened.